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Now Sound: New releases from Pachyman, Pharoah Sanders, Zoe’s Shanghai, and more!
Recent reissues and new releases shared by your friends at In Sheep’s Clothing.
Each week the global listening community gets bombarded with new releases, reissues and restocks. As music freaks who read these missives and are attuned to the bounty regularly arriving, we love sharing great sounds. Below are some particularly crucial new arrivals, a number of which will soon be available in the In Sheep’s Clothing shop.
Guy Maxwell – Outside My Window
If you’re hoping for a few more weeks of summer, this warm and dreamy yacht rock reissue will get you there. Guy Maxwell came of age in the ’70s while making his way from his childhood home in Bourdeaux to Rome, and you can hear the soul of a traveler in his music. The honeyed tones and flittering guitars melodies of these lost classics are effortlessly transportive, and the folk-jazz fusion “You Never Sang This Song”, represents this beautifully. Outside My Window was originally released in 1980 via private press, and this resequenced and refocused rerelease is even more relevant now than it was 40 years ago. – Tana
Zoe’s Shanghai – Lava Love
Exciting new neo-soul from France, Lava Love is from the Paris-based quartet Zoe’s Shanghai. Recorded in an old stable in the French countryside of Auvergne, a remote mountainous region known for its dormant volcanoes, the band churned out a deep, spatial and soulful 11-song trip with a Hounds of Love-esque recording environment. Wth hypnotic melodies led by Zoe’s powerhouse vocals, the group exchanges broken beats with silky and textural chords underlined by heavy bass grooves and sheets of lush harmonies. The two immersive singles suggest one incredible record to come — and a new unique voice in contemporary soul. – DM
Pachyman – The Return of ….
Since many of us have been in a dub and reggae zone over the past year or so, this new album by LA-based multi-instrumentalist Pachy Garcia — aka Pachyman — couldn’t have come at a better time. Born in Puerto Rico, Pachy was raised on the sounds of local reggae bands and soon became obsessed with emulating the vibrations of old Jamaican recordings, specifically those coming out of the legendary Channel One studios in Kingston. You can hear those influences clearly on The Return Of…, though there’s also bits of the Scientist, King Tubby, and Prince Jammy in here as well. The production sounds spot on. Surprisingly, Pachy recorded the entire album in his basement with mostly second hand equipment. Just goes to show, it’s not what you got, but what you do with what you have… – Pheel
PDP III – Pilled Up On A Couple Of Doves
Absent from our radar until recently, this collaboration between Midwest ambient techno hero Brian Leeds (aka Huerco S.), British cellist and composer Lucy Railton, and NYC sound artist Britton Powell. As PDP III, the trio combine skills to create a sonically rich and cinematically dark ambient record with electro-acoustic elements in cello and percussion. A project collaged together across two years after the initial, primarily improvised, recording process, “Pilled Up On A Couple of Doves” is a deep listen and heavy, emotive trip. – Jonny
Pharoah Sanders – Live In Paris (1975) (Lost ORTF Recordings)
Within the first few measures of “Love Is Here, Pt. 1,” the first piece that the Pharoah Sanders Quartet performed at a 1975 Paris concert broadcast on Radio France, it’s obvious that bassist Calvin Hill has lit an inextinguishable fuse. What follows is Sanders, Hill, piano-organist Danny Mixon and drummer Greg Bandy ripping through some of Sanders’ most crucial compositions. Opening with a double-shot of “Love Is Here,” which Sanders later recorded with vocalist Phyllis Hyman, the quartet focuses on songs about universal love and spiritual unity. “The Creator Has a Master Plan,” indeed.The recording was reissued last year, but LPs have been hard to come by. Grab this blessed, sublimely recorded work while you can. – E. Little
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